WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 2:01 Thu Feb 25
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are reluctant to meet the £68m buyout clause for Sevilla's 22-year-old French centre-back Jules Kounde. (Mail)

Manchester City are considering offering Borussia Dortmund in excess of £100m for Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, and USA midfielder Giovanni Reyna, 18, in the summer. (90min)

Dortmund could be willing to sell Haaland this summer - a year before his £70m release clause becomes active - but would demand up to £150m. (Star)

Chelsea's England striker Tammy Abraham, 23, is unwilling to enter contract talks while the club continues to be linked with Haaland. (Metro)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he keeps in touch with Haaland, who he coached during his time at Molde. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, agent Jorge Mendes is ready to offer United a £30m-rated striker to replace Edinson Cavani, 34, amid ongoing uncertainty over the Uruguayan's future. (Mirror)

West Ham will face competition from Leicester City if they try to make Manchester United's 28-year-old English midfielder Jesse Lingard's move permanent. (Express)

Manchester United value English goalkeeper Dean Henderson at £40m should they decide to sell the 23-year-old. (Express)

Henderson has become increasingly frustrated at a lack of playing time at Old Trafford. (Sky Sports)

Norwich City hope to receive up to £35m for English full-back Max Aarons, 21, who is a target of Manchester United. (Metro)

Everton are also considering a move for Aarons. (Sky Sports)

Everton are yet to make contact with Norwich over a deal for Aarons and anticipate competition from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. (Mail)

Norwich rejected a bid from Roma for defender Aarons in the January transfer window. (Sun)

Crystal Palace's Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt has opened talks with an unnamed Champions League club. The 30-year-old is out of contract at Palace in the summer. (Football Insider)

Manchester United will not trigger the one-year extension in 32-year-old Spanish midfielder Juan Mata's contract. (MEN)

Serie A sides Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma are keen on signing Mata once he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. (Sun)

Sunderland will attempt to sign Wolves' English defender Dion Sanderson, 21, on a permanent basis at the end of the season. (Mail)

Tottenham plan to sell goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga on a permanent deal this summer. The Argentina international, 29, joined Spanish club Elche on loan at the end of the January window. (Football Insider)

Scotland manager Steve Clarke, 57, and former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, 43, are among the favourites to replace sacked Neil Lennon at Celtic. (The Sun)

Huddersfield Town are hopeful they can finalise a deal for former Everton striker Oumar Niasse. The Senegalese, 30, is currently a free agent. (Yorkshire Live)

Borussia Dortmund are to sign French centre-back Soumaila Coulibaly, 17, from Paris St-Germain. (Sport Bild - in German)

Evening Standard

West Ham defender Winston Reid hailed as ‘a giant’ after helping Brentford get promotion bid back on track

By Malik Ouzia

Brentford manager Thomas Frank hailed Winston Reid as “a giant” after the on-loan West Ham defender helped the Bees get their automatic promotion push back on track with a 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.

Reid completed 90 minutes for the second time since joining Brentford in January and won 15 aerial battles as they ended a run of three straight defeats in the Championship.

The 32-year-old is battling back to full fitness following the serious knee injury three years ago that has wrecked his career.

Reid has not played for West Ham since he suffered a freak injury against Swansea in March 2018, when he was knocked unconscious and twisted his knee as he fell awkwardly.

After Brentford beat Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night, Frank said: “He showed why we got him on loan, why we needed an extra experienced guy in there when needed and he stepped up and did very well. He was a giant. He gave a lot of calmness to the team.”

Reid had not played for two months when he joined Brentford after his his loan spell at Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City ended in December.

Reid said: “It is just normal after having a bit of time off before Christmas. Coming into a new environment is always different but I know what was expected of myself, and that was just helping the team out and doing my job when I am called upon.”

Bretford are second in the Championship, seven points behind leaders Norwich.

Reid said: “When you lose three games in a row it is human nature to feel a little bit down. We wanted to bounce back and I thought we put in a good performance against a good team. We showed the right attitude from the beginning.”

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Mex Martillo 9:02 Thu Feb 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Reid was always a good player, he’s getting old now would I’d like to see him do well in his last professional years.
Thanks Alan

geoffpikey 4:35 Thu Feb 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Are we hoping Winston makes a fully fit return before we offer Balbuena any new deal, I wonder. Good to see him back though..

ted fenton 2:18 Thu Feb 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 2:10 Thu Feb 25

gph 2:13 Thu Feb 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Good to see WR doing well.

Thanks Alan 2:10 Thu Feb 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BillyJenningsBoots 2:06 Thu Feb 25

BillyJenningsBoots 2:06 Thu Feb 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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